Update: let the doom and gloom begin.
The New York Yankees‘ outfield switch-a-roo might be over before it ever truly got started.
That’s because the team might not have two outfielders to swap positions. Curtis Granderson, one of the participants of that process, was hit in the wrist by a pitch in a Spring Training game by Toronto Blue Jays pitcher J.A. Happ.
Granderson had started the game in his new position in left field, but did not really get much of a chance to try it out, as the incident occurred at the bottom of the first inning. A fastball from the Blue Jays lefty rode a little too high and inside, hitting Granderson’s forearm as he turned to avoid the pitch.
The team’s new left fielder was unable to stay into the game after being plunked, and the severity of the injury to his wrist is unclear at this time.
Fortunately for Yankees fans, the official word right now is not so gloomy:
Well, not yet, anyway.
If Granderson is to miss any significant time due to the injury, the impact on the Yankees offense in 2013 would be self-evident. Though the 31-year old did not exactly light up the plate in 2012 with his .232 average, what he did hit, he smashed.
Grandy’s 84 homers from 2011 and 2012 easily leads the Yankees, and considering that the team is already without the offensive output from Nick Swisher, and that both Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter may not be ready for the start of the season, the Bronx Bombers may find it difficult to live up to that name in the coming season.
It’s also worth noting that the hit-by-pitch did not go without response. New York pitcher Adam Warren also apparently lost control of a pitch later in the game, hitting Blue Jays third baseman Brett Lawrie in the third inning.
Not that it’ll help Granderson’s wrist any, though.